Straight From The Heart – June 15, 2020

City Hall 120 W Loveland, Loveland OH 45140  •  lovelandoh.gov  •  513-683-0150
Just a friendly reminder that the extended tax deadline is July 15.  This deadline applies to 2019 returns and first and second quarter 2020 estimated payments.The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) collects and distributes income tax for the City of Loveland.  You may access their website at www.ritaohio.com to e-File your return free of charge, download paper forms, and research frequently asked questions.  Residents can pay online to RITA by logging into MyAccount or by phone at 800-860-7482.

City of Loveland staff members are also available to prepare your tax return on a walk-in basis.  You will need to provide copies of W-2’s, Federal Forms (Schedule C, Schedule E, 1099 MISC and K-1) and tax returns from other cities.  Credit for tax paid to another city can be taken by Loveland residents up to 1% of those wages.  Please note walk-in assistance will be limited from June 11-June 22nd.

The City of Loveland staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the income tax.  Our web site address is www.lovelandoh.gov  and our phone number is 513-707-1452.

On Tuesday June 9, William Gibbs-Heard was presented with the Paxton Ranger’s Award by Mayor Bailey. Mr. Gibbs-Heard is a graduating senior at Loveland High School who chose to hold a sock drive for the homeless instead of having a graduation party. His initiative aimed at collecting 2,020 pairs of new socks by June 11, which is also his birthday.  Mayor Bailey stated how grateful and impressed she was for Mr. Gibbs-Heard’s efforts in these times of uncertainty and strife. At present, Mr. Gibbs-Heard has collected over 3,000 pairs of socks. The socks collected will be distributed to a variety of local organizations that aid with homelessness.
Temporary parking has been added to the City’s downtown district.  With demand for downtown parking at an all-time, the City has constructed temporary parking spaces on a vacant lot, adjacent to City Hall.  The vacant lot, which will serve as access to the new parking facility along First Street, offers new spaces at a very convenient location.  The surface was constructed using blacktop millings at no cost to the City. Upcoming improvements include the planting of a natural buffer along the adjacent residence.
The project at the TriHealth facility, 10675 Loveland Madeira Road, has been completed. Their facility included permits for alterations that expanded their existing space with additional space for a section that would provide physical therapy services. The project at 115 Karl Brown Way (Bond Warehouse) in the Downtown District, has begun construction on their south sidewalks and entryway to the conference center portion of the building.  The renovations to the building also include the addition of both Mexican and Italian restaurants.
In effort to aid our community restaurants and business to further promote that they are “Open For Business”, those establishments are permitted to advertise by means of temporary banners and/or signs in accordance with Loveland’s Code of Ordinances. Processing fees associated with temporary banners and signs will be waived. The advertisement by means of temporary banners and/or signs is set to expire on August 3, 2020 unless otherwise extended.

Additionally, restaurants are permitted to temporarily provide outdoor dining until the COVID-19 pandemic state-wide restrictions on indoor dining capacity are lifted.  Any restaurants seeking to operate outdoor dining shall be required to obtain a Zoning Permit from the Building and Zoning Department and are subject to the Standards outlined in the Loveland Code of Ordinance. Any related processing fees will be waived.

Outdoor dining areas are subject to the following development standards:

  1. Outdoor dining areas are permitted in any yard.
  2. Outdoor dining areas shall not be located in such a manner as to require: customers and employees to cross driveways or vehicular use areas; and/or go between the food service area and the principal building.
  3. Outdoor dining areas wider than 10 feet shall be surrounded by decorative railings or fencing that separates the eating area from the sidewalks and/or vehicular traffic.
  4. Umbrellas that shelter diners from the elements shall be secured so as not to create a hazard in windy conditions.
  5. Permanently enclosed outdoor dining areas either by a permanent roof or to expand an existing structure shall meet all the requirements of a building within the applicable zoning district.
  6. Outdoor dining areas shall not include the use of visual electronics including televisions and projecting screens that are visible from the public right-of-way.

Restaurants seeking to implement outdoor dining under the above provisions shall provide a diagram or sketch of the proposed outdoor seating to the Building and Zoning Department for review and ensure that it will not encroach into a public right of way, or block access to a public sidewalk.

This provisions for Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas shall remain in full force and effect until thirty (30) days from the date which the temporary restrictions on indoor dining capacity are lifted by the State of Ohio, or the City ordinance is amended, revoked or repealed by City Council, whichever occurs first.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ NatureWorks Program, the restrooms within Nisbet Park received a much-needed facelift.  The $25,685 project included, painting of the building’s interior and exteriors, new roof, skylights, lighting, and exterior doors.  The project also included a new roof for the adjacent picnic shelter and a drinking fountain which will be installed at a later date.

With users of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail growing every year, Nisbet Park and its restrooms are a popular stopping point. The City extends its thanks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their grant funds totaling $18,294, which made this project possible. Other recent improvements to Nisbet Park include the repair of the existing lighting located throughout the park and new landscaping which is currently underway. Future plans for the park include the replacement of the small gazebo along the bike trail and upgrades to the entranceway along Karl Brown Way.

As the City of Loveland has initiated its COVID-19 re-opening, please remember that any residential property that is occupied as a rental unit is required to be inspected. The central focus of the Residential Occupancy Inspection Program (ROIP) is to ensure the safe and habitable living conditions of rental units.  Registration and inspection are free of charge and conducted by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.  For more information, click here.
On Sunday, June 28, Rooster Ridge will take the stage in Nisbet Park from 6-8 p.m.  Speakers will be positioned in a way to broadcast music throughout the entire park, which will allow concertgoers and bike trail users to enjoy the music and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
For a list of upcoming meetings, click here.

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